Hi ~ Im Ani from So Oregon ~ (sorry lengthy...plz reply tho on things we have in common)
Ive purchased a yr91 37ft Prairie Schooner, with livingroom/dining area slideout. Tri level ~ used off Craiglist for 5K. (would love to talk w other Praire Schooner owners or similar length)
It was a deal...carpet and linoelum redone in tan tones..everything works. And had a W/D too and a quaint electric woodstove heater insert in Ent. Ctr area. Just ideal for what I planned with it.....
Try to make this short story~ Im one of those that lost their home (11yrs buying) to a bad refi in 2009 (has anyone else have to go thru this
~ luckily was able to short sale it, and am eligible to purchase again after Nov 2012. It was the only bad mark on my CR report.
To compensate the loss~ I moved into a 1500 sq ft 3bdrm/2 bath home (rent for half of what my refied mortagage pmt was).
Turned out that still was riduculous money I was wasting each month, as it was just me and some pets, but it was what I had to do to appease my feelings of losing it all....(ie being able to live in a nicer place for half the money of my lost house.)
Well .... yr 2010 I realized I hadnt saved any money for a down on a house loan ... and a friend in the country with an RV hook up /set up ..said you could rent here for almost nothing...if you have your own RV to live in, and then could save some money.
So after having a huge yard sale, giving away stuff to friends, and putting the antiques, family heirlooms, and some furniture, extra valued items in storage, what I call "my life on hold" ~ I finalized a purchase of my RV an moved to the country in Jun 2011. (whats your story if you've opted for no house and living in your RV?)
What Ive learned ~ (and what probably most RV'rs who live in theirs know now)
~ I can live on so much less; less stuff, less clutter, less everything (exception...clothes..tho probably could live on less there but dont want to LOL)
so brings up ....
What I miss most ~
~ a walk in closet. LOL ~ Im a fashionista and a thrifty clothes buyer, I shop a lot at 2nd hand and GW...but find a lot of high name brand clothing, shoes an purses etc. My friends have told me they look frwd to lunch or night out w me to see what treasures I'll be wearing.
Currently to not hinder my clothes hobby ~ I have plastic bins, labled and stored at the bottom of closet, under the hinged bed and in the under compartments. Seasonal clothing is put on bottom.
Shoe/boots storage is still a work in progress since I change out to whatever outfit. I have the couch/bed in the livingroom pulled out as a day bed/couch with large pillows, which creates a storage area underneath...I put my shoes/boots there for easy access and dressing.
(anyone have suggestions on clothing storage secrets and solutions? And not ..just get rid of em LOL)
~ I miss a garage ~ this I havent figured out yet. I have some extra stuff in the property owners garage but its been rifled thru by people not knowing its not the owners stuff...and well its a walk to get to. (Anyone have suggestions on cheap, easy to put up/tear down outdoor storage?)
I have so much more to discuss ~ I think there's a blog area to do this on? Im new here so learning as I go. I'll ck out the forums too now ..probably answers there to my questions. I have been discussing in a forum about RV Woodstoves ...very interested in a alternative heat/cook solution to if you ran out of propane or battery. Woodstove in motorhome....
Now that Ive lived in my RV for a time ~ Im now looking at purchasing property with some land, rather than just a house in town; ideally with a creek or steam running thru it, but accessible to sewage, electricty and well water. Im also learning about solar power, turbine engergy, how to make a place self sufficient ~ off grid living. (would love to discuss w others who are living this type of life.)
Most likely the property will have a house already on it (to appease my parents that I haven't gone wild LOL ) but I'd take my RV there too ...for emergency living and a guest residence as well.
Well Ive taken up enough of your time ~ thank you for reading. LOL I talk as much as I write ~ and I dont know if its living here in Oregon ..but Im the type of person that says hello with a smile to ya on the street.